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Language, Culture, Music, Self-Regulation, and School Readiness Lab

Winslab Research Team

Dr. Adam Winsler

Dr. Winsler is an applied developmental psychologist with interests in children's transition to school, the development of self-regulation, children's private speech, Vygotskian sociocultural theory and bilingualism and early schooling for English-Language Learners (ELLs). His current research explores childcare, school readiness, and early school trajectories among ethnically and linguistically diverse, low-income, urban preschoolers; Private speech and self-regulation in typical children and those with ADHD or autistic spectrum disorders; Music/dance and self-regulation and self-regulated learning and motivation among college students.


Alena Alegrado (PhD)

I am a PhD student in Dr. Adam Winsler’s Lab. I graduated from George Mason University in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology and concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology. Through the Honors Psychology program and the OSCAR Undergraduate Research Scholars Program I completed an undergraduate honors thesis focused on identifying pre-existing child characteristics that predict enrollment in middle school music classes. After graduating, I worked as a research specialist for the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. I conducted child and classroom assessments at the pre-K and kindergarten level for a longitudinal study focused on understanding the long-term effects of pre-K programs. I will continue my research on predictors, persistence, and outcomes of in-school arts enrollment at George Mason University with primary interest in the unique differences between music classes (Band, Chorus, Guitar, Orchestra).

Kristen Carpenter (MA)

Kristin has a BA from Louisiana State University and a MA from Georgetown University. She has spent the last 9 years working with children with learning disabilities and behavioral issues through her company, Linder Educational Coaching. She has worked in schools to advocate for 504/IEP accommodations. She is very excited to join Dr. Winsler's lab to study the neuroscience of cognitive development and reading disabilities, as well as the real world applications of interventions, particularly in the classroom.


Karen Cordova (MA)

Karen is a second-year masters student in Applied Developmental Psychology. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Psychology from George Mason University in May of 2016. Her research interest lies in culture and its effect on socio-emotional development of children and parent/child interactions and relationships in adolescence.




Jordan Greenburg (PhD)

Jordan is a first-year PhD student in Dr. Winsler’s lab. She graduated from Emory & Henry College in 2017 with B.A.s in Psychology and French. During her time at Emory, she conducted a variety of research projects that ranged from understanding prejudicial attitudes toward the LGBTQ community to assessing how developmental variables affected children’s responses to psychological measures. Jordan found her niche in developmental psychology through her work as an after-school volunteer with children who were struggling academically and socially. This experience piqued her interest in pursuing developmental research in an educational context, particularly with at-risk populations. Her current research interests include the long-term academic outcomes associated with grade retention in both early and later school years.


Kristen Hayes (MA)

Kristen is a first-year MA student in Dr. Winsler’s lab. She graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts specializing in math and language arts education with a minor in Spanish. Since graduating in 2016, she served as an AmeriCorps member in Tulsa, OK where she provided academic and behavioral support to underperforming students. She then moved to New York and taught at an environmental education center. She is interested in understanding how classrooms can be adjusted to better support the developmental needs of students in low-income communities.


Christina Hong (MA)

Christina is a second year Master’s student in Dr. Winsler’s lab. Throughout her undergraduate career at UMBC, Christina investigated processes through which parental stress was linked to Asian American children’s effortful control. Stemming from field experiences and previous research lab positions, her research interests include parenting, self-regulation, stress, and mindfulness. Currently, she is working to evaluate a mindfulness curriculum and its potential effects on student classroom attention, emotion regulation, and stress.



Summer Hughey (MA)

Summer is a first-year Master's student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program under the supervision of Dr. Adam Winsler. She received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017. Post graduation, she worked in mental and behavioral health treatment centers for children and adolescents. Her research interests include cultural influences and outcomes for low-income and minority populations.



Kayla Keith (MA)

Kayla is a first-year master’s student in Dr. Winsler’s lab. She graduated from Virginia Tech in December of 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. During her undergraduate career, Kayla spent the majority of her time examining two different episodic memory processes: recollection and familiarity. Her novel findings suggest that recollection, in addition to working memory, should be considered when examining academic achievement in children, specifically 6 year-olds. Kayla’s current research interests include pinpointing how these memory processes contribute to academic achievement, self-regulation, and school readiness in typical children and children with autistic spectrum disorders. She is also interested in assessing the roles that parents and teachers play in facilitating or directing their learning inside and outside of the classroom.

Alex Moffitt (PhD)

This is my third year as a PHD student in Dr. Winsler’s lab and the ADP program. While getting a B.A. in psychology at the University of Denver, I was involved with a victim advocacy organization in Denver that allowed me to work with public elementary schools in low-income areas around the city. The experience helped shape my current research interests, which include predictors and outcomes of children's school mobility.



Kaity Mumma (PhD)

Kaity is a fourth-year PhD student working in Dr. Winsler's lab. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish, and received her MA in ADP from George Mason in May 2017. Her research interests include the long-term effects of attending different types of preschool programs, factors contributing to elementary school quality, and equity in education.



My Nguyen (MA)

My (pronounced /mee/) is a first-year MA student in Dr. Winsler’s lab. She graduated from Liberty University in 2018 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Photography. Previously, she conducted research projects and experiments in a variety of topics, including the influence of sugar addiction on rodent behavior and cognitive function, neonatal imitation, attitudes toward sex trafficking victims, and perception of stress and its impact on cardiovascular and neuroendocrine responses. She is currently interested in neural mechanisms of bilingualism and language acquisition. Eventually, My aspires to pursue a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience to further study the relationship between cortical structures and different language processes by applying different imaging techniques.


Mayra Parada (PhD)

Mayra is a third-year graduate student pursuing her PhD in ADP. She graduated with a BS in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2014. Prior to her time at Mason, Mayra has worked on various community-based participatory research projects in Richmond and spent time in Mexico City investigating on the influence of social contexts on adolescent drug-use. At Mason, Mayra’s master thesis focused on academic outcomes of immigrant students using longitudinal data from the Miami School Readiness Project (MSRP). Currently, Mayra is the SRCD State Policy Fellow at the Virginia Department of Education in the Early Childhood office working on the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) and Virginia Preschool Initiative Expansion (VPI+).



Courtney Ricciardi (PhD)

Courtney is a second-year PhD student in Dr. Winsler’s lab within the ADP program. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Human Development. Her current research interests involve academic outcomes in at-risk populations, specifically the influence of early factors like school readiness and neighborhood effects on later outcomes such as educational achievement and advanced course selection.





Nadine Rozell (Post BA)

Nadine is an undergraduate double-majoring in Foreign Languages and Psychology at George Mason University. She is enrolled in the Honors in Psychology program and the OSCAR Undergraduate Research Scholars program. Her senior honor's thesis examines academic outcomes for dual language learners by using data from the Miami School Readiness Project. Her research interests include bilingual pedagogy, second language acquisition, and investigating evidence-based classroom strategies and broader policies to support young dual language learners in schools.




Angelique Williams (PhD)

Angelique is a second-year graduate student pursuing her PhD in ADP. She graduated with her BS in Psychology from Morgan State University in 2016. While at Morgan State University, she worked as an NIH NIGMS-RISE undergraduate student researcher. As such, she examined the effects of factors such as social problem solving ability and perceived stress levels on academic performance. Her current research interests include elementary school outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders, and children's private speech in Head Start settings.




Ashley Wood (MA)

Ashley Wood is a second-year Master’s student in both Dr. Winsler and Dr. Curby’s labs who graduated from George Mason University with a Psychology B.S. degree in Spring of 2017. She pursued continuous education, using her summers to work with innovative summer camps that focused on supporting child development using different approaches. She has recently worked with a Non-Profit Organization to close the achievement gap for preschoolers, as her focus is improving student academic and developmental outcomes in the classroom..






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